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A Counter Conundrum

Like Jessica at Decor Adventures, the two members of the household of This Dusty House have been doing their very best to avoid spending money as much as they possibly can. It’s actually not that hard for us. Since I grew up in the country at least 1 hour from the nearest decent shopping mall, I’ve never developed a shopping habit and the Husband is so money conscious, excessive use of the credit card is not a problem. Our challenge for the month lay instead in avoiding restaurants and Home Depot. 
For the most part, we’ve been successful. A few things came up that we couldn’t avoid, but I think our credit card appreciated the break. Come October, on the other hand, I have some plans for one of our first fall purchases. 
We incorporated a counter level bar in our kitchen design. We had one in our apartment and I hated it as a replacement for a table, but loved it for the extra counter top space and the informal nature of it. Unfortunately, when we moved, we decided we didn’t want to hold on to the cheap Ikea counter-level stools that had been left behind by the previous tenants so we left them behind, passing the convenience on to whoever moved in. 
For a couple weeks after our counter top arrived, we had nothing and continued to live with no sit-at-able surface. A visit to my parents fixed that temporarily. Their borrowed bar stools are currently tucked under our bar, about 5 inches too high. Something like these:

At least they’re something, right?

We could chop the legs off a bit to make them the right height. But in truth, they’re not what we want. (And besides that, my parents want them back.) I’d rather something bright, something cushioned, something with a back for support, something with a swivel, perhaps. Something like this, maybe.

available on Etsy
Or, even better, these:

 Something wood and simple gives me the opportunity to colourize it with a bright cushion. And, you might not have noticed, but I think my kitchen needs some colour.

I’ve also considered going with a very vintage look and sacrificing the back for something like these:

available on Etsy

This is supposed to be fun, right? Maybe I’m a miser, but when we’re looking at $100-$300 a chair, I’m not sure how much fun I find the decision. Perhaps it’s time to start stopping at the thrift store on my way home from work every single day until I find something I can make work?

Do you have bar stools? Do you love them? Where did you find them? Please share!

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